Monday, March 5, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Cranberry Salsa Dip

It's my favorite time of the month!  Secret Recipe Club Reveal time!

This month, I was assigned the blog I Was Born To Cook.  I wasn't familiar with this blog, but I found tons of great things - and Melissa is definitely true to her blog's name - she was born to cook!

I've been on a cranberry kick lately (I know they're a tad out of season, but hey, I've never been one to let that stop me from feeding a craving!).  This Cranberry Salsa was the perfect lazy Sunday snack.  Both Andy and I found ourselves going back for more - this definitely will be on rotation when we have a snack craving!

The only change I made was that I used dried cranberries, and just rehydrated them in some apple juice for about 30 minutes.  Also I omitted the sugar and the jalapenos (mostly because I forgot that they were on the ingredient list, but the dip tasted just fine without them, although next time I definitely will not be forgetting the jalapeno - we could all use a little spice in our lives!)

Adapted from I Was Born To Cook's Recipe

1 cup dried cranberries
1 & 1/2 cups apple juice
juice from 1 lime
1/4 cup cilantro
2 green onions, chopped
salt, to taste
8 oz. cream cheese, softened

Place the cranberries in a small bowl and pour apple juice over top.  Let sit for at least 30 minutes to rehydrate.  Drain.

In a blender (I've been experimenting with my new Magic Bullet - it actually is pretty awesome), combine the cranberries, lime, cilantro, green onions, and salt.  Puree until you reach your desired consistency.

Place the cream cheese on the center of a plate.  Spread the cranberry mixture over top and serve with crackers.  Prepare to get your snack on!

Like I said, this was an awesome dip, just different enough to make you say "Wow!"  I'll definitely be checking out Melissa's blog from now on because she's always coming up with tasty eats!

Want to join the Secret Recipe Club?  Check out the website now!  Be paired off with another "Secret" blogger and enjoy the fun of seeing someone recreate a recipe of yours as well!  All the cool kids are doing it =)


  1. How interesting! I would love to try this. Great choice, Peggy!

  2. What an original salsa;Perfect with crackers or baguette and a glass of wine.

  3. What a great salsa - can imagine so many ways to enjoy this.

  4. Very interesting. I would love to give this a try sometime. Great SRC pick!

  5. Wow I love cranberries so I would certainly love this. Diane

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed my recipe! You absolutely MUST include the jalapeno next time...yum. Looks like you and I both had cranberries on the mind this month...they were in the recipe I chose, too :)

  7. The perfect lazy afternoon snack? Yes, please!

  8. I'm a sucker for pretty much any kind of dip, so this one was calling my name the second I spotted it in the SRC links... and now that I know there's a cream cheese layer hiding under there? Consider me sold. :) Going straight onto my must-try list.

  9. I'm sure the sweet and heat together would be awesome!

  10. This sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  11. How is your culinary class going. Cranberry salsa looks perfect and colorful.

  12. I love different twists on salsa.

  13. Who knew you could make something this good from cranberries? I totally get why you would come back for more!

    Hope you are well!

  14. Wow.. this dish looks great!! I have a load of dried cranberries to use... hmmmm... I think I know what I'm going to do with some of them now. :) Have a great week!!

  15. This looks awesome...bookmarked


  16. Beautiful salsa, it really is a pleasant and different change from all the others. Nicely done. Beautiful list of foods for this challenge!

    Peggy, I specifically wanted to leave you a message on your blog re: my giveaway, so you will see it, instead of leaving it on mine. I regret, unless you are following my are not eligible for the giveaway.
    In the past year I followed your blog...asked if you would follow, but you chose not to...although we have almost the same amt. of followers, for me: minus 112, that GFC took off.
    The second time again, I followed probably did not notice, so I unfollowed you again. Since you are so nice as to comment on my blog, and me responding back, I thought it would be nice to stay in touch by following each others' blog...(but with any luck, GFC will probably take the entire follow list off)

  17. This dip is like nothing I've seen before, but it sounds absolutely yummy! Thanks for sharing this :)

  18. I'm intrigued! I'd have never thought to make a salsa out of cranberries, but I bet it's fabulous.

  19. Huh, I'm curious about this. Does it taste savoury or sweet? Could you serve it with veggie sticks? I have never seen a cranberry salsa before - maybe it would be good with fish?

  20. I too love cranberries and this sounds wonderful, I think that I'm going to try this over goat cheese.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  21. That is very interesting recipe! I bet jalapenos would give it a good taste as well. Yes, we all can use a little bit of spice in our lives :)
    Hope you are doing well and the school is going great.

  22. you always amaze me with your simply work, very impressive. looks good thumbs up :)

  23. This dish looks gorgeous - the dip is so different, I must try it :D

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